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Hugh MacDiarmid
MacDiarmid in South Gyle, Edinburgh Hugh MacDiarmid was the pen name of Christopher Murray Grieve (Crìsdean Mac a' Ghreidhir) (August 11, 1892, Langholm[1] - September 9, 1978, Edinburgh[2]), a significant Scottish poet of the 20th century. He was instrumental in creating a truly Scottish version of modernism and was a leading light in the Scottish Renaissance of the 20th century. Unusually for a first generation modernist, he was a communist. Unusually for a communist, he was a committed Scottish nationalist. He wrote both in English and in literary Scots (often referred to as Lallans). After leaving school in 1910, MacDiarmid worked as a journalist for five years. He then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. After the war, he married and returned to journalism. His first book, Annals of the Five Senses (1923) was a mixture of prose and poetry in English, but he then turned to Scots for a series of books, culminating in what is probably his best known work, the book-length A Drunk Man Looks At The Thistle. This poem is widely regarded as one of the most important long poems in 20th century Scottish literature. After that, he published several books containing poems in both English and Scots.

scotland small?
 
 
Scotland small? Our multiform, our infinite Scotland _small_?
Only as a patch of hillside may b... [read poem]
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